Staff Reporter

Focus should be laid on research, APSCHE chief says

JNTU, Kakinada, well placed to benefit from support

Kakinada: The Central Government has made a substantial allocation of Rs 85,000 crores for higher education in the 11th Five Year Plan. In addition to measures aimed at improving quality of higher education, due emphasis has been laid on the research output of universities, which is crucial to meet societal requirements. Both the government and private sectors have a greater role to play in current scenario when the economy is knowledge and technology driven, said Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) K.C. Reddy.

Addressing the faculty and students of JNTU, Kakinada, after inaugurating the first floor of Nagavali hostel building on the university campus on Saturday, Prof. Reddy said the institutions of higher learning had to gear themselves to meet the challenges and ensure that their purpose of benefiting society was served in one way or the other. Adequate focus had to be laid on research.

Potential

Prof. Reddy observed that the JNTU, Kakinada, did not get its due in terms of funds and logistical support despite having the potential. In the changed context, JNTU, Kakinada was well placed to benefit from the increasing support being given by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy without whose initiative the JNTU could not have been divided into three, giving the erstwhile JNTU Engineering College University status.

JNTU Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao thanked the APSCHE chairman for choosing him for the coveted post and promised to do his best to justify the creation of the new university. JNTU Registrar V Ravindra, JNTU Engineering College principal E.V. Prasad, Vice-Principal B Prabhakar Rao and others were present.